Two men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the terrorist incident in Woolwich.
A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.
Local MP Brooks Newmark tweeted:
Just met with leaders of local mosque in Braintree which was attacked this evening. Thanked local police for their swift response.
Essex Police confirmed a 43-year-old from Braintree had been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and attempted arson after the incident.
Meanwhile police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham.
A spokesman said a man is in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.